While the Legislature struggles with a final budget solution, Shoreline Community College continues working toward a package of budget reductions and organizational changes that officials hope will end up in the neighborhood of Olympia’s plan.
“We have a target number we think is close,” SCC President Lee Lambert of the $1.65 million reduction plan announced March 12. “As we keep taking cuts like this, $5.5 million over the past five years, we have to adjust the college to these new realities.”
The $1.65 million reduction plan includes proposed changes to the college organizational chart. Lambert said now is the time to look closely at those proposed changes as well as potential alternatives before the college moves ahead.
“College Council recommended adding some time to the process, and I agree,” Lambert said. “We need time to talk about how we implement these cuts. That they need to be made isn’t the point because, at the end of the day, we must get to whatever number the Legislature sets for us. This is painful work, but we can do it in a thoughtful and deliberative way.”
Draft organizational charts reflecting the changes proposed by the vice presidents are online available for review, Lambert said. Meetings are scheduled to present the changes, including, a joint meeting of the Strategic Planning and Budget committees is scheduled for March 31 and an April 2 all-campus meeting. Other meetings will be announced as they are scheduled.
Comments, concerns and suggestions can be made through existing division/department communication channels. In addition, comments will be continue to be collected through the red suggestion boxes distributed around campus and an anonymous e-mail box. One change to that process is that comments won’t be posted online (See related story).
“We can gather thoughts and input through April 30,” Lambert said. “Then, the vice presidents will need some time to do their work. We’ll present a final plan at an all-campus meeting on May 21.”
Lambert reiterated earlier comments that while the details of organizational changes are being discussed during this period, the process of making reductions would move ahead. “We can always stop a process if necessary,” Lambert said. “But we need to allow enough time, as outlined in the contracts, to have reductions in place by July 1. If we go past July 1, it just means additional cuts would be needed.”